Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive Pedal

Super Overdrive Pedal
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Thick, Smooth Overdrive Sound! Perfect For Leads!

The BOSS SD-1 produces the warm, smooth distortion of an overdriven tube amplifier while maintaining the subtle nuances of your picking technique. Unique asymmetric overdrive circuitry delivers a genuine overdrive effect for a classic guitar sound. A tone control is also provided for precise tonal adjustment.

BOSS SD-1 Guitar Overdrive Pedal Features at a Glance:
  • Smooth overdriven sounds
  • Natural tube amp-style growl
  • Reacts to your playing like a real overdriven amp would
  • Tone, level, and drive controls
  • Great fit for pedalboards
  • BOSS 5-year warranty

Additional Media

BOSS SD-1 Owners Manual

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Overdrive
Inputs 1 x Instrument
Outputs 1 x 1/4"
Batteries 1 x 9V
Height 2.4"
Width 2.9"
Depth 5.1"
Weight 1 lbs.
Power Supply Included No
Manufacturer Part Number SD-1

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one of the top 10 and lots of fun

I give Boss SD 1, 5 stars because its sounds and operates at around $200 + at only $49 bucks.Yea Ive got a few high end pedals like Fulltone, Radial and others collecting dust on my board but my TS 808 that I bought new in 1980 has always ended up the top dog.The SD 1 is not likely to usurp that title BUT lately I find myself more and more tapping it in instead of the TS 808.I keep it right in front of the TS, not to use in conjunction but because its just a little more aggressive in tone, great with humbuckers. The TS 808 is more creamy and with that mid range hump is just classic. The SD 1 is VERY similar and has a sweet spot with the drive at 2 o'clock and the rest at 12 o'clock that the TS can't match. At this price and this quality everybody should squeeze one into that board.Thanks much to Mike Harris for that shipping favor.Love the 59,talk to you soon.

Great Overdrive Effect

I saw the 'Tone King" on 'YouTube" do a guitar review, and he said he has had one of these for twenty years. So for fifty dollars, I thought I would try this one out. Well, with my Marshall DSL40C with a speaker upgrade (Vintage 30) this pedal sounds nothing less than studio professional. Very record-able. I lean towards a clean sound with slight breakup, and this does the trick in spades. I have bought twenty pedals so far, and if I could go back, I would have bought this one first. I like it a lot. Enough to leave a review. I do like my reissue tube-screamer, but this Boss SD-1 just has a little more edge off the bat so to say. Or at least it really likes the Classic Gain channel on the Marshall amp. I highly recommend for the nice clean overdrive sound.
Music background: Love the electric guitar.

Boss SD-1

This is a great pedal. I use it more now than my DS-1. Great tone and versatility. I now use the DS-1 for the extra boost/drvie.

Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive Pedal

This is a great pedal. I am using it on my pedalboard in conjunction with my Tube Screamer. I have the drive pretty low, around 9:00. It gives the clean signal a little break up. Sounds like a pushed Fender amp. I then stack the Tube Screamer on top of it for more intense sustain and added gain.
Music background: Professional Musician for forty years.

Simply the best. Ever.

This pedal is the only overdrive I use. It has literally become a synonymous representation of my lead tone. Probably one of my favorite pedals out of the 11 I use on my board. I keep the drive half way and the level a little more than halfway up and let my amp and guitar do the rest. Also, this thing is sweet paired with a phaser and/or a nice echo. I use my Ibanez DE7 with this thing all the time when I'm improvising. It just sounds natural to me. It's got a solid build it's responds well to a crybaby. I got this pedal for 15 bucks because I just wanted a pedal. Now I wouldn't trade it. If you're into fusion/blues/jazz/rock/funk or anything of the loud but not insanely loud spectrum this will do the trick. Honestly though, I don't think it would be good for metal players. I mean, it would do the trick maybe but it sounds too spread out for the type of distortion I hear with metal players. If you can afford this (this is also the cheapest pedal to buy new that own) take a chance. If you don't like it I understand because everybody has their own ear, but a lot of guitarists that I've played with that come in and out of town share a brief moment of brotherhood with myself, simply because we figure out that we both have the same weapon of choice for leads and dirty rhythms.
Music background: Guitarist/Vocalist, Music Student, Performer
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